Leading with a Strut vs. Leading with a Limp

Leading with a Strut vs. Leading with a Limp

Jacob, the Patriarch of the tribes of Israel in the Hebrew scriptures, had all the makings of a great mafia boss. He knew how to scheme and manipulate and control people in ways that served him and his family above all else. Then he had twelve sons, all of whom had...
You Are UP to the Task Whether You Feel Like It or Not

You Are UP to the Task Whether You Feel Like It or Not

Deep in the heart of every leader I’ve ever met lurks a daunting question that casts a shadow over every major challenge we ever face: Am I up to this? When I went to take the test for my driver’s license… When I enrolled in college… When I...
How to Cultivate Authenticity In Your Leadership Culture

How to Cultivate Authenticity In Your Leadership Culture

Be real with people, or be prepared to lose them. It’s hard. As Pastor Rick Warren wrote once, we all fight against three particular fears: the fear that we will be exposed for who we truly are the fear that we will be rejected the fear that we will be hurt...
5 Ways to Spend Your Leadership Equity Wisely

5 Ways to Spend Your Leadership Equity Wisely

When you walk into a leadership opportunity, you go with a little bit of equity by virtue of your position and the inevitable honeymoon period during which those you lead will let you get by with just a bit more than they will a decade later. But you have to be very...
It’s Time – We’re Stepping Away from Grace Hills Church

It’s Time – We’re Stepping Away from Grace Hills Church

At this time ten years ago, Angie and I were just beginning to dream and plan for the planting of Grace Hills Church. We had walked through some brokenness and had found within our staff and small group communities at Saddleback Church a great deal of healing. It was...
The Positive Side of Leading Under Pressure

The Positive Side of Leading Under Pressure

As I write this, we’re three days from our church’s big Grand Opening at our new location. Our church is seven years old. We’ve met in an office, a hotel, a college campus, two movie theaters, and for the last three years, a leased location. Almost a...
Overcoming Three Big Leadership Fears

Overcoming Three Big Leadership Fears

I’m a leader. And it’s likely that you are too, whether you’re in an officially recognized leadership position or not. Leadership is influence, and it’s pretty much guaranteed you’re influencing people – employees, kids, a spouse, a...
3 Pillars of Persuasive Public Speaking

3 Pillars of Persuasive Public Speaking

There is a relationship that exists between a speaker / teacher / preacher and his or her audience. The entire experience is built on three pillars and whether people remember what you say and act on it depends on these three factors: ethos, logos, and pathos. Ethos...

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